The American Association of Orthopaedic Surgeons defines an orthopedic surgeon as:
a physician devoted to the diagnosis, treatment, prevention and rehabilitation of injuries, disorders and diseasesof the body’s musculoskeletal system.
An orthopedic spine surgeon is very similar, except that they specialize in the diagnosis, treatment, prevention and rehabilitation of injuries, disorders and disease of the body’s spine.
The main difference between an orthopedic spine surgeon and a chiropractor, is that the latter does not prescribe medications, nor perform surgery. That being said, there are also several similarities: Both of them specialize in providing treatment to the back and both of them want to return the patient to their full health.
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